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East Hampton Airport (HTO) – Wainscott, NY

Updated June 22, 2016

East Hampton Airport (HTO), located on the eastern part of Long Island, New York, is owned and operated by the Town of East Hampton.  With over 100 based aircraft and 25,000 annual operations HTO plays an important role in the National Airspace System and is classified as a Regional General Aviation Airport in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

HTO has been part of a continuing debate for local control stemming from aviation noise.  The Town has recently implemented restrictions with disregard for national policy.  NBAA joined Friends of the East Hampton Airport to ensure that its members and other general aviation operators continue to have reasonable and reliable access to HTO.

In April 2015, Town of East Hampton adopted three restrictions for aircraft operations at HTO: A year-round general curfew (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), a year-round extended curfew for so-called "noisy" aircraft (8 p.m. to 9 a.m.) and a one-trip-per-week limit for "noisy" aircraft during the summer.

In July 2015, Federal District Court Judge Joanna Seybert preliminarily upheld the town ordinances instituting the mandatory nighttime curfew, as well as the extended curfew on noisy aircraft. However, the court preliminarily enjoined the law imposing a one-trip-a-week restriction.

NBAA and a coalition of airport users appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to advocate on behalf members, and to ensure that the FAA maintains its authority in matters related to airport and airspace access.

Operators at HTO continue to be sensitive to the noise concerns of residents and to fly neighborly.  The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) voluntarily developed three additional “transition” routes to enhance the airport’s noise abatement procedures and help mitigate noise events on the North Fork of Long Island. Review more information on HTO noise mitigation procedures.

For more information on HTO, contact NBAA’s Alex Gertsen at agertsen@nbaa.org.

Latest News

NBAA: Supreme Court's Decision on East Hampton Airport Reflects Long-Held National Aviation Policy

June 26, 2017
In a resounding victory for public-use airports nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by the town of East Hampton, NY, which sought the court’s review of a 2016 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Read more about the court's decision on HTO.

East Hampton Airport: A Victory for Aviation, But Disputes Continue

Jan. 12, 2017
At New York's East Hampton Airport (HTO), a legal fight has come down squarely on the side of NBAA and other aviation stakeholders, which had argued that the town’s adoption of noise and access restrictions was a violation of federal law. On Nov. 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision agreeing with NBAA that the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 applies to HTO, and on Jan. 11, the U.S. District Court entered an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the curfews and other restrictions at issue for HTO. "This ruling by the Second Circuit sets an important precedent for all public-use airports nationwide," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA director, airports and ground infrastructure. Read more about the court's decision on HTO.

Oral Arguments Presented in the Appeal of East Hampton Airport Restrictions

June 20, 2016
On June 20, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit heard oral arguments in the appeal of district’s court July 2015 decision upholding restrictions at HTO. The central issue in the case is whether the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA) continues to apply to HTO (and to require most noise and access restrictions to be approved by the FAA) despite the town’s stated intent to no longer accept federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. The appeals court’s decision may be issued by early fall.

NBAA Joins in Appeal Against East Hampton Noise Restrictions

Feb. 5, 2016
NBAA has joined other aviation interests in filing an appeal seeking to overturn aircraft operational restrictions adopted at HTO on Long Island, N.Y. In the brief, filed Feb. 3 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, NY, NBAA and its allies argue that all of the restrictions adopted by the town of East Hampton in April 2015 violate ANCA. "The success of aviation – general aviation and commercial aviation – depends on having a uniform and consistent set of rules," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure. "East Hampton asserts that ANCA is not applicable. However, that conflicts with the plain text of the statute and FAA regulations." Read more about the latest developments with HTO.

NBAA Continues Fight Against East Hampton Airport Restrictions

Oct. 23, 2015
Continuing its effort against the operating restrictions at New York's HTO, NBAA recently submitted its reply to the FAA regarding East Hampton's formal answer to the Part 16 complaint that NBAA filed in May. The Association asked that the FAA require the revocation of two operating restrictions – an expanded curfew on "noisy" aircraft and a one-trip-per-week limit for those aircraft. NBAA made clear that "the issues pending before the FAA in this proceeding are primarily matters of law, not fact, and have significance not just for East Hampton Airport, but also airports nationwide." Read more about NBAA's fight against aircraft restrictions at HTO.

NBAA Takes Additional Action to Support East Hampton Airport Access

July 23, 2015
In the continuing battle to preserve access to HTO on New York’s Long Island, NBAA has filed a response in further support of its pending complaint with the FAA. Earlier this month, the town of East Hampton submitted a motion to dismiss the claim filed earlier this year by NBAA and 11 of its Members, which argues that the restrictions adopted by the town violate obligations assumed by the town when it accepted federal aviation grants. “NBAA has filed an additional response citing FAA precedents, which establish that the town’s conduct is impermissible and requires FAA action,” said Steve Brown, NBAA chief operating officer. Read more about the latest HTO developments.

Decision in East Hampton Noise and Access Restriction Case a Mixed Bag for GA Operators

June 29, 2015
Citing the 'irreparable harm' that an access restriction at HTO would have on aviation businesses and operators, a U.S. District Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction – requested by NBAA and others – enjoining enforcement of a town law that places a one-trip per week operational limit on certain aircraft at HTO during the summer months. "While NBAA is encouraged that Judge Seybert acknowledges that the one-trip limit will have a 'drastic impact' on aviation businesses operating at East Hampton, we will continue to oppose all of the noise and access restrictions at HTO that are unfair and unreasonable," said Brown. NBAA complaint regarding HTO filed by last month with the FAA is not affected by the District Court ruling. Learn more about the East Hampton decision.

At Airports Coast to Coast, NBAA Fighting National, Local Threats to Access

June 11, 2015
At airports on the East and West coasts, NBAA is working to halt recently proposed access restrictions for business aviation. Amendments offered for inclusion in a major transportation-spending bill under consideration last week in the U.S. House of Representatives would constrain access at California's Bob Hope Airport and New York's East Hampton Airport. As NBAA COO Steve Brown noted, "Airports are part of a national system that requires a national approach to operational policy – not an approach based on local interests or pressure groups." Learn more about NBAA's work to preserve access to the airports.

East Hampton Airport Restrictions Enforcement Delayed

May 19, 2015
In a positive development for operators at embattled HTO on New York's Long Island, the town of East Hampton said May 18 it would not enforce the noise and access restrictions that it adopted last month for at least three more weeks. The town's announcement came at a U.S. District Court hearing in response to a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order filed by the local organization Friends of the East Hampton Airport and other parties, which had been joined by NBAA. Learn more.